Israel: Bomb scare at airport after US family pack unexploded shell to take home as ‘souvenir’ | World News



An American family set off a bomb scare at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport when they showed security officials an unexploded shell they had found while on holiday, authorities said.

Video circulated on social media showing panicked passengers running in the departure hall.

The Jewish Press reported that during the family’s trip one of the children had found the unexploded shell while visiting the Golan Heights and had packed it to take home as a souvenir.

When they showed it to security staff as they checked-in their luggage, officials immediately called for an evacuation of the area, the newspaper reported.

The bomb squad were called to the scene and the alert eventually called off, it added.

One man was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries sustained as he tried to flee the area over a baggage carousel, the Israel Airports Authority said.

It said the family was allowed to board their flight after being questioned by security staff.

Israel, which boasts high levels of aviation security, clashed with Syria over the Golan during the wars of 1967 and 1973.


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